Meaning of scratch register in ARM series

Can I have the meaning of why r3,r4 registers are called scratch registers

  • Hello, I'm not sure which document you are referring to (as r4 is typically not a scratch register), but in the Arm Procedure call standard, r0-r3, and r12 are defined as scratch registers, meaning that when a function is called, the values therein may be different upon return. This is not an issue for C programming, the compiler will look after everything for you, but if writing assembler level code, this is important. Also important for exception handling.

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